Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Feathered Visitors to the Pond

As it was a dry day, mostly, on Monday I again set up the 350D and the home brew IR detector to automatically photograph any birds which visited the garden pond waterfall. The IR detector goes near the waterfall and the camera on its tripod is set up at the opposite end of the pond. Once they have been in place a short while the birds carry on visiting as usual.

Wood Pigeon
Pond Visitor - Wood Pigeon

Collared Doves
Pond Visitor - Collared Doves

Male Blackbird
Pond Visitor - Male Blackbird

Starlings can be guaranteed to have a good splash about
Pond Visitor - Starling

My favourite of this batch:
Female Blackbird - shall I have a drink, have a bath or continue nest building?
Pond Visitor - Female Blackbird

Slightly out of focus range, a male Chaffinch looking dapper in his mating plumage.
Pond Visitor - Male Chaffinch

Wet and windy today so the auto setup will have to wait until the weather settles for the next attempt.


  1. This is a really good set up. Lets's hope the weather improves for some more shots.

  2. Hi John,
    Great group of photo`s there! You have a really good set up by the look of it. I look forward to seeing more when the weather improves, which according to the forecast it is .
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  3. Nice to see the pigeon and doves. The female blackbird gave me a chuckle - looks like she has antennae with all that nest material poking out of everywhere. The chaffinch looks very handsome indeed. Your pond is a popular watering hole.

  4. It seems to be working well at the moment Adrian.

  5. Thank you John. I am sure there must be some secretive visitors I've never managed to see as yet which was why I cobbled that set up together.

  6. Hello Glo. I have a lot of Wood Pigeons visiting at the moment. At lest the Blackbird hasn't been down the drains this year, not yet anyway.


Thank you for visiting. Hope you enjoyed the pictures. Any comment, or correction to any information or identification I get wrong, is most welcome. John

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